Promising Dortmund Makes Stakes Debut in $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity
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Fri 19/12/2014 - 14:01 EST
On Saturday, Los Alamitos Race Course will host the 34th edition of the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity. The Grade 1 race will be run at a mile and a sixteenth and has attracted a field of five promising juveniles.
The highly-regarded Dortmund tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 4-5 for trainer Bob Baffert. Purchased for $140,000 by Kaleem Shah who also campaigned Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Bayern, the chestnut colt is undefeated from two starts. Sired by Big Brown, he defeated a field of eleven rivals at Churchill Downs as the heavy favorite last time out. Regular rider Martin Garcia will be aboard from post position three.
Mr. Z trying for first stakes win after narrow defeat
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is Mr. Z for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Owned by Zayat Stables and purchased for $135,000, the chestnut son of Malibu Moon has one win from seven starts. He broke his maiden in his debut effort in June and has since been keeping stakes company coast to coast. He was last seen finishing second, beaten only a nose, in the Delta Jackpot (G3). Mike Smith will be back aboard and they will break from post four.
No Problem going for third consecutive victory
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is graded stakes winner No Problem for trainer Michael McCarthy. After breaking his maiden against claiming competition in his second start, the ridgling son of Munnings came back to pull an upset victory in the Bob Hope (G3) over Del Mar’s synthetic main track. He will be stretching out to two turns after sprinting in all three starts and will have regular rider Victor Espinoza aboard from post two.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.